Tulkis In this narrative, fit-for-purpose is achieved rather than preconcieved. Anyway, then at the end of the rlchard he talks about American Pragmatism Instrumentalism as the leftish American tradition of Dewey and James. Each chapter asks a key question and sets out to find the answer. He methodically unwraps the process of learning and instruction — a section I personally found to be ricyard insightful I ended up reading repetitively. The better you are at something, the fewer of you there are.
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Start your review of El artesano Write a review Shelves: behavioural-economics , history , philosophy , social-theory , economics , work I wasnt going to review this book not because it isnt very interesting and well worth reading, but in some ways it like a really smart version of Drive by Dan Pink.
That is, humans like autonomy and developing mastery and yet most of modern work denies people access to exactly that. It has cartoons - how could it be better? Anyway, then at the end of the book he talks about American Pragmatism Instrumentalism as the leftish American tradition of Dewey and James. I really recommend you read this — the stuff about architecture is worth the price of the book alone — but there are larger fish and they all need frying. Marx says that the major contradiction of our age is between the social nature of production and the private means of accumulation.
So, capitalism closes down contingency, craftsmanship opens it up. A craftsman responds to social needs, it is just that they do this in a highly individual way — self-actualising, Maslow would say.
And here in lies my problem, for me at least. It seems the hardest thing for us to accept is that we are essentially social animals and therefore we can only reach our highest realisation within a community, and within a learning community not least. But my debt to society — to community — is large in all senses and it is a debt I never understate or underestimate.
I never self-actualise — I always actualise in relation to others, either with their help or in my own struggle against their views. Rather than climbing to the heights of a lonely mountain top to find myself, I can only ever find myself in amongst life — and by definition that life is deeply social.
And look, I really do get it — this idea also matches so many other things I believe — the idea of being lost in the flow of an activity, of repetition as a pathway to fully understanding, of learning something by heart for the pleasure of having something you love in your heart, of being present in the moment, and this, and so much more. One thing is certain. Capitalism, by its very nature, homogenises humanity while at the same time stressing the individual as the only reality remember Thatcher saying there is no such thing as society?
The individual under capitalism is certainly not the worker - that is, those who have zero control over how they work or what they work on.
They are cogs in a machine, not individuals. These are things that are increasingly annoying me. Questions that have gotten under my skin — but unfortunately they are not questions I have ready answers for. Sorry about that.
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